First Principles 315 Devil—taking these things so much as matters of course that, though they are visible enough if we choose to see them, we neglect them normally altogether, without for a moment intending to deny their existence. This neglect is convenient as preventing repetitions the monotony of which would defeat their own purpose, but people are tempted neverthe- less to forget the underlying omnipresence in the superficial omniabsence. They forget that its opposite lurks in every- thing—that there are harmonics of God in the Devil and* harmonics of the Devil in God. Contradiction in terms is not only to be excused but there can be no proposition which does not more or less involve one. It is the fact of there being contradictions in terms, which have to be smoothed away and fused into harmonious ac- quiescence with their surroundings, that makes life and consciousness possible at all. Unless the unexpected were sprung upon us continually to enliven us we should pass life, as it were, in sleep. To a living being no " It is " can be absolute ; wherever there is an " Is/' there, among its har- monics, lurks an " Is not/' When there is absolute absence of " Is not " the " Is " goes too. And the " Is not" does not go completely till the " Is " is gone along with it. Every proposition has got a skeleton in its cupboard. Extremes Intuition and evidence seem to have something of the same relation that faith and reason, luck and cunning, free- will and necessity and demand and supply have. They grow up hand in hand and no man can say which comes first. It is the same with life and death, which lurk one within the other as do rest and unrest, change and persistence, heat and cold, poverty and riches, harmony and counterpoint, night and day, summer and winter. And so with pantheism and atheism ; Coving everybody is loving nobody, and God everywhere is, practically, God nowhere. I once asked a man if he was a free-thinker; he replied that he did not think he was. And so, I have heard of a man exclaiming "I am an atheist, thank God!"